PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 13/05/2001

Editor: Brian Gosling

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Welcome to this active site. Each week I am going to present to you a endgame position for you to solve or to workout the best continuation. Computer analysis will also be considered. Some of these positions will come from actual historical games. Others will be composed endgame studies, but all the solutions will be relevant to the practical game. The new position will occur each SUNDAY and I will always be pleased to receive POSITIVE feedback about the positions and the analysis and I will try to acknowledge these where relevant.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 191

Black to play & WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:6k1/6p1/p4p1p/1p2pP2/1P2P3/Pr6/R2K2PP/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 190

Oldrich Duras, (1882-1957).

International Grandmaster. Endgame Composer. In the early years of the 20th Century, Duras, a Czechoslovakian, was looked upon as a possible contender for the World Championship. He came equal first in a number of major tournaments, Vienna 1908, Prague 1908 and Breslau 1912. He stopped playing after Mannheim 1914 when he was at the height of his powers and never returned to tournament chess. He later kept in touch with chess by composing some remarkable endgame studies. The following study comes from the period when he was beginning to reach his prime as a world class player. 

Duras, 1906

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/KPb5/8/P5p1/5p2/3k4/7P/2B5:

Black is threatening to queen his passed f-pawn.  White has to get his Bishop via a3 to the g1-a7 diagonal in order to stop this pawn at f2 and also to help promote his own pawn.

1.Ba3 ...

1.b8Q Bxb8+ 2.Kxb8 f3 3.a6 f2 4.a7 f1Q 5.a8Q Qxc1= ;

1...Kc4!

The King stops the Bishop getting to the important g1-a7 diagonal.

1...f3? 2.Bc5 Bxh2 3.a6 g4 4.b8Q Bxb8+ 5.Kxb8 g3 6.a7 f2 7.a8Q f1Q 8.Qa6+ wins.

2.Be7...

White seeks the deflection of the Bishop at c7.

2... f3

3.Bd8! Bxh2

4.Bb6 ...

The Bishop arrives just in time to stop the advance of the f-pawn.

4...Kb5

Black seeks a draw by giving up his f-pawn for White's a-pawn and then the Bishop can take care of the new Queen at b8.

5.a6! g4

5...Bf4 6.b8Q! Bxb8+ 7.Kb7! g4 8.Bf2 transposes.

6.Bf2 Bc7

7.b8Q+ Bxb8+

8.Kb7! ...

8.Kxb8? Kxa6=;

8... Ka5

Black in order to try and draw must stay in touch with the a-pawn.

8...g4 9.Be1! g3 10.Bxg3 Bxg3 11.a7 f2 12.a8Q Kb4 (if 12...f1Q 13.Qa6+ wins) 13.Qa1 White wins.

9.Bh4 Kb5

10.Be1! ...

Black is in Zugswang. He is forced to move a pawn.

10... g3

11.Bxg3 Bxg3

12.a7! f2

13.a8Q f1Q

14.Qa6+ WINS. 

An ending of great depth and beauty by a brilliant player/composer who has been sadly neglected and forgotten in the modern era.


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